Monday Musings

from The Kravis Center 

Monday, December 3, 2018 

Dear Colleagues,


Having made the move from Warham to Carter over the summer, there have been a number of differences that I've picked up on between living with ninth and tenth grade boys instead of upperclassmen. Having a full dorm again last Monday night following the break was another moment that accentuated those differences. Instead of the typically casual 'yo' or 'sup,' the Carter boys were greeting one another as if they hadn't seen their hallmates in months. While I hopefully contain my excitement more than the Carter residents, I, too, find the beginning of each term to be a fun time and hope that your winters have gotten off to a good start!


This past week, Ahmad Cantrell, Freddi Dupré, Ken Green, Courtney Jackson, Miles Morgan, Adnan Rubai, and Patricia Sasser all attended the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC)  in Nashville. I've only heard wonderful things thus far about this year's conference and am very much looking forward to hearing more from our colleagues in the coming days.  


Given that we, as a community, will be reckoning with the multiple recent swastika incidents next Monday, there are several resources included below that could be very useful in the classroom. Eric LaForest will be in touch soon with more details in advance of Dr. Chameides' visit and the teach-in on Monday, December 10.


Don't forget that David McCamish will be leading an improvisation session during the PD session on the morning of Thursday 12/6 in the Neo – will be both very resourceful and also a lot of fun.


Have a wonderful week and happy reading!


Harrison, Sara, and Rachel  



Equity and Inclusion


Here are two interesting and thought provoking blog posts from Dr. Liza Talusan from the opening and closing of the PoCC last week. Dr. Talusan will be back here for a third SPHERE workshop in January.  

Our very own Patricia Sasser, also reflected on her time at PoCC – thanks for sharing, Patricia!

A couple weeks ago, a disturbing photo of a group of high school boys from Barbaroo, Wisconsin, giving a Nazi salute went viral. Here are excerpts from Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman's address to the school on November 19; I'm so struck by how she was able to turn such a horrible act into what seemed like a significant teachable moment.

Here are a number of classroom resources from Facing History on Anti-Semitism.


Improv Tools For Organizational Impact and 4 Major Benefits of Improv Training were both shared by David McCamish in advance of his morning PD workshop in the NEO on Thursday 12/6!  


Here's a link to some fantastic ideas on how to help students reflect on their own learning that came out of our PD session last Thursday.

Metacognition: Thinking About Thinking Improves Learning


More than rough and final drafts; making feedback meaningful for student writers

Professional Development Opportunities


RE-Center; Equity in Education Workshops


Miles passed along this exciting summer teaching opportunity at Barnard College.


The following Athena webinar, hosted by Independent Curriculum Group, is designed both for teachers who want to connect with other teachers, and leaders looking to provide professional development tools and opportunities for their staff.

They will share a walkthrough of the platform, discuss anticipated platform developments in the coming year, and introduce opportunities for schools to partner more formally to build communities and networks for their teachers, including summer fellowship opportunities this coming summer (2019).

To join the webinar, please sign up here.



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